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INTERVIEW: Salt Petal

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Great, thanks for having us!

Can you talk to us more about your latest singles “Telephone” and “Disco Rats”?

Telephone is really fun to play live because it catches people off guard with it’s jumpy start. Disco Rats is also exciting to play live because people pull out some awesome dance moves. We’ve had some dance solos happen in the middle of circles that people have made during that song.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Telephone was about a few different moments that we’ve gone through and we’ve seen our friends go through where someone believes in someone and big promises turn out to be major lies. It seems like it is easier to be lied to now since people have less face-to-face communication.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We’d love to, but haven’t finalized anything yet.

The single comes off your new album Rare Hearts – what’s the story behind the title?
We were thinking about love and vulnerability and desire and passion and how there’s a sweetness and innocence to love but also something very wild and cannibalistic.

How was the recording and writing process?

We approach each album by playing around with new ideas until a song starts to form that speaks to the moment we’re going through. It also has to groove and make us feel like moving around. The lyrics are started separately but during the same timframe. We match them the to melodies and alter them as the song progresses, so each song reflects on emotions we’ve gone through or witnessed in friends and family.

What was it like to work with Eric Lilavois and how did that relationship develop?

It was great, he’s a wonderful person and it felt like working with family. Our relationship developed organically through friends.

How much did he influence the album?

He was very supportive and come on after we had finished the songs, so he guided us through getting them from live performances to solid recordings, but didn’t influence very much of the song structure or instrumentation.

How does your different cultural background serves as an inspiration for the band?

We each have different passions for specific types of sounds and different work philosphies. Some of us like to work a little every day and some of us like to have four or five days where we work night and day and then rest for a week.

Does one genre or sound tends to shine out the most depending on the lyrics’ theme?

We often mix themes and lyrics so it might feel upbeat, but the lyrics may have a  tinge of melancholy or vice versa. It feels more true to life to have a hidden emotions lurking in the background of whatever overall theme the song has.

What role does the 60s and 70s play on this record?

We are heavily influenced by early rock and roll as well as South American cumbias and tropicalia from the psychedelic years in Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Colombia, but we deviate and use newer techniques and sonic feels as well.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

In our daily lives.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we’ll be doing some west coast touring in June and July.

What else is happening next in Salt Petal’s world?

We’ve been getting some invitations to tour in India and Australia next year, so tell your readers in that part of the world that we’ll see them soon!

Listen here: 

https://soundcloud.com/salt-petal/telephone

About RJ Frometa

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